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SiGMA and The BiG Foundation announces record fund raise from “The BiG Sports Dinner at SiGMA 2017”

Zoltan Tundik



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SiGMA and The BiG Foundation are delighted to announce a record fund raise for charity at The BiG Sports Dinner at SiGMA Chairty Dinner and Awards evening on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, at SiGMA in Malta.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the event raised over EUR 26,000 for a variety of charities including the Malta Community Chest Fund, Reaching Out in Africa and St Jude Hospital in the USA. The event was a huge success with demand outweighing capacity at the event.” Commented Richard Hogg, co-Director and Founder of The BiG Foundation.

The BiG Sports Dinner is ‘The’ only Charity Sports Dinner in the Betting and Gaming Industry and is regularly attended by a host of sports stars and industry professionals.

Eman Pulis, CEO of SiGMA, added: “The BiG Sports Dinner is a unique event within the gaming industry and we are privileged to be a part of it. As a company we are very passionate about our industry and charity work, so the BiG Sports Dinner is a natural fit for us. We are delighted that the event raised a substantial amount for worthy charities.”

A host of gaming companies attended the dinner, in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the events chosen charities. This included Microgaming, AliQuantum Gaming, SpinnrGames, Pragmatic Play and Leo Vegas to name a few.



The BiG Foundation has been set up as a registered charitable organisation in the UK; the focus being on supporting those in difficult circumstances with funds donated from companies and individuals. For more information on our charity and other registered charities in England and Wales please visit To see The BiG Foundation’s profile, search using our Registered Charity No. 1153385. See more at

About SiGMA

SiGMA is a unique connector in the iGaming world, keeping the community engaged and facilitating breakthroughs. The organisation has undergone rapid growth, and now champions three interlinked pillars – EVENTS, NEWS and CAREERS. The flagship expo in Malta anchors an international event calendar, which in turn underscores a year-round commitment to the global iGaming community. SiGMA’s events and media keep the industry informed, connected and inspired. All of SiGMA’s platforms are the ideal launch-pad for the key players in iGaming to get things done.


For further information please contact:

Richard Hogg at [email protected]

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Skillz Partners with the American Red Cross to Help Alleviate Blood Shortages Due to Coronavirus

George Miller



Skillz Partners with the American Red Cross to Help Alleviate Blood Shortages Due to Coronavirus
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Skillz, the leading mobile games platform that connects players around the world in fair, fun, and meaningful competition, today announced a new fundraising initiative with the American Red Cross. Through proceeds from mobile esports tournaments, Skillz will help the American Red Cross ensure hospital shelves are stocked with lifesaving blood for patients in need during the coronavirus emergency.

“Due to the coronavirus outbreak, blood drives continue to be cancelled at an alarming rate — about 8,000 so far — but we continue to urge blood drive hosts to maintain scheduled blood drives whenever possible,” said Jennifer Adrio, Executive Officer for the Northern California Coastal Region at the American Red Cross. “Proceeds from Skillz will help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide due to this public health emergency.”

Skillz is transforming the way modern charities and nonprofits engage with donors, enabling anyone with a mobile device to donate to great causes by playing games. The company previously partnered with the American Red Cross to support the families and communities affected by the 2019 California wildfires, raising over $41,000 in one tournament.

“During this pandemic, it’s important that we do our part by rallying the Skillz community to aid our healthcare systems and the professionals on the front lines,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Our partnership with the American Red Cross will help make sure they have the tools and funds to serve communities in need during this crisis.”

Skillz players will be able to contribute by entering Skillz mobile tournaments Saturday March 28 through Sunday, March 29. 100% of tournament proceeds will go towards ensuring continued delivery of the vital American Red Cross mission nationwide.

Skillz will additionally encourage its 30 million registered players to pledge and donate at their nearest American Red Cross Blood Donation Center.

Players can find a game and participate at After logging in, look for the “Red Cross COVID19 G4G” event.*

The Red Cross supplies nearly 40% of the nation’s blood supply. Blood donation is essential to ensuring community health, and shortages could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents, cancer patients and other emergencies. Donating blood is still a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give blood in order to help patients. For more information on the Red Cross or how to donate blood, please visit

Skillz is harnessing the power of its platform to support a range of important causes, and has worked with a range of organizations including the American Cancer Society and The World Wildlife Fund, in addition to the American Red Cross. Last year, Skillz hosted the largest charity tournament in mobile esports history by partnering with Susan G. Komen, and raising more than $120,000 from more than 25,000 participating mobile game competitors in just 10 days of tournaments.

*New events may take up to one hour to show up after installing the game


About Skillz Inc.
Skillz is the leading mobile games platform that connects players around the world in fair, fun and meaningful competition. The Skillz marketplace helps developers build multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for 30 million mobile players worldwide and distributes over $60 million in prizes each month. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists, media companies, and professional sports leagues and franchises. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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IMG Arena and ATP Media to launch ATP Masters 1000 virtual tennis product

George Miller



IMG Arena and ATP Media to launch ATP Masters 1000 virtual tennis product
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World’s first officially branded virtual tennis product will feature ATP premier tournaments

IMG ARENA, a leading sports betting service and content hub, is launching an official virtual tennis product in partnership with ATP Media, the global sales, broadcast production and distribution arm of the ATP Tour. The game will be available in April and will help sportsbook partners fill the void whilst the ATP Tour is suspended.

This new deal expands the longstanding partnership between IMG ARENA and ATP Media and is the first time they have launched a virtual sports offering.

IMG ARENA is using licensed assets to create the first-ever officially branded virtual tennis product, featuring logos from the ATP Masters 1000 series along with official tournament names, to deliver an authentic, fan-first experience.

This unique and exclusive product is evidence of the ATP Media’s innovation strategy and adds to IMG ARENA’s growing portfolio of virtual products, which also includes golf, motorsport, football, horse racing, speedway, greyhound racing and cycling.

As the broadcast arm of the ATP Tour, ATP Media provides centralised media distribution across the ATP Tour, host broadcast production for the Nitto ATP Finals and ATP Masters 1000s, world feed production for the ATP 500s, Next Gen ATP Finals and certain ATP 250s, as well as the international distribution for the ATP Cup.

Mark Webster, CEO of ATP Media, said: “This is a landmark agreement for ATP Media at a challenging time. We are excited to be working with IMG ARENA to deliver fans around the world innovative content and new ways to enjoy their favourite tennis tournaments.

“Together we are creating a compelling, always-on product that will boost and diversify our sports betting offering, while helping to continue to further develop our international footprint.”

Freddie Longe, Managing Director at IMG ARENA, said: “ATP Media are one of the most progressive and forward-thinking media companies – we are delighted to partner with them to launch the world’s first officially branded virtual tennis product.

“When we invested in virtual sports specialists Leap Gaming, our vision was to create official products and unlock new revenue streams and forms of fan engagement for our clients. ATP Media share this vision and desire to evolve the way that its fans could connect with tennis. The result is a game-changing product that maximises player engagement and operator returns. As with all of our virtual sports offerings, we have developed the most realistic look, feel, and betting experience.”

Headquartered in London, IMG Arena works with more than 460 leading sportsbook operators worldwide, providing always-on services including 24/7 live streaming and on-demand virtual sports products designed to evolve and inspire engagement by placing fans at the heart of the action. Its ground-breaking data collection system ensures that the fastest and most accurate sources of data are delivered live from the action to the end user in less than a second.

IMG Arena processes official data for more than 45,000 sporting events per year. In 2019, more than 175 million hours of IMG ARENA content was watched by 56 million unique viewers around the globe.

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Industry News

ORYX Gaming live with Lottoland

George Miller



ORYX Gaming live with Lottoland
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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company, has gone live with Lottoland, and is now supplying its full portfolio of quality casino games to the internationally renowned operator.

The partnership gives Lottoland seamless access to a library of 8,000+ games from 80+ premium suppliers, as well as exciting new releases from ORYX Gaming’s content roadmap.

Available via ORYX Hub, popular slots from the supplier’s proprietary catalogue is included as part of the agreement, together with premium games from partnered, top tier studios. ORYX Hub and its content is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and certified and approved in 14 major jurisdictions.

Lottoland is the world’s largest online lotto betting operator and in addition to lottery, scratchcard and Instant Win products, offers a wide casino product portfolio to its customers.

Matevz Mazij, Managing Director of ORYX Gaming, said: “Lottoland is a brand which needs no introduction and will be a key partner as we look to expand our business into new markets. Our diverse portfolio of lottery and casino content will make a valuable addition to its online offering and we are looking forward to a partnership with longstanding success.”

Nigel Birrell, CEO at Lottoland: “ORYX Gaming’s library provides a wide range of titles that have something to offer in the market that we operate in. We have been impressed with the quality of content available through ORYX Hub, with games that will help us to deliver a first-rate gaming experience for all our customers.

“ORYX offers not only an impressive content library but also vast expertise and advanced marketing tools such as promotions, leaderboards, tournaments and jackpots.”

ORYX Hub provides operators with simple and quick access to a large portfolio of certified and compliant casino content, as well as its lottery and sportsbook product, with one contract and one integration.

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